Our Monastery Trail Stage 9 Aarle Rixtel - Eindhoven

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Aarle Rixtel and Eindhoven. This route takes you from Missionary Convent Heilig Bloed in Aarle Rixtel to former monastery Mariënhage in Eindhoven.

6 hour 20 minutes (28.5 km)

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This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Aarle Rixtel and Eindhoven. This route takes you from Missionary Convent Heilig Bloed in Aarle Rixtel to former monastery Mariënhage in Eindhoven. Along the way you will pass various locations such as the Our Lady Presentation Church and the Mariëngaarde Chapel. You can also explore Croy Castle and former priory Hooidonk. This route is part of Our Monastery Trail, a trail in 15 stages. For a list of all stages, please visit this page.

Finding the way with numbered junctions
This walking route has been set out using the numbered junction network in Brabant. Simply follow the route via the signposted junctions, from one number to the next. There are also signposts between the junctions to help you find your way. The route can be walked in either direction.

Staying overnight
A number of monasteries a…

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Aarle Rixtel and Eindhoven. This route takes you from Missionary Convent Heilig Bloed in Aarle Rixtel to former monastery Mariënhage in Eindhoven. Along the way you will pass various locations such as the Our Lady Presentation Church and the Mariëngaarde Chapel. You can also explore Croy Castle and former priory Hooidonk. This route is part of Our Monastery Trail, a trail in 15 stages. For a list of all stages, please visit this page.

Finding the way with numbered junctions
This walking route has been set out using the numbered junction network in Brabant. Simply follow the route via the signposted junctions, from one number to the next. There are also signposts between the junctions to help you find your way. The route can be walked in either direction.

Staying overnight
A number of monasteries along Our Monastery Trail have the option of staying the night. Always check in advance what is possible, some monasteries are only open on certain days. For all locations and up-to-date information, please visit brabantskloosterleven.nl (Dutch language).

There are many hospitable hotels, B&Bs, campsites and other locations where you can stay the night in the trail’s surroundings. You can find an accommodation from this list of places to stay in Brabant. First choose the type of accommodation and then enter the name of the town or village where you want to stay. You will then see a selection of addresses in the area.

Sights on this route

Starting point:

Missieklooster Heilig Bloed
Kloosterdreef 7
5735 SJ Aarle Rixtel
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Among the fields northeast of Aarle-Rixtel lies Missionary Convent Heilig Bloed (holy blood).

Missionary Convent Heilig Bloed
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Huize Angela
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Onze Lieve Vrouwe Presentatiekerk
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Voormalig klooster Onze Lieve Vrouw Visitatie en kapel
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Kapel Mariëngaarde
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Kasteel Croy
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Priorij Hooidonk
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Hooydonkse watermolen
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Oude Toren
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Sint Jozefdal en Kasteel Eckart
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Klooster Mariënhage

End point:

Klooster Mariënhage
Kanaalstraat 6
5611 CT Eindhoven
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Story of the route

Starting point:

Missieklooster Heilig Bloed
Kloosterdreef 7
5735 SJ Aarle Rixtel
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  • Missionary Convent Heilig Bloed
    Among the fields northeast of Aarle-Rixtel lies Missionary Convent Heilig Bloed (holy blood). The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood originated in South Africa at the end of the nineteenth century. The sisters’ most important task was to proclaim the Catholic faith around the world. To prepare the sisters for their arduous missionary work, a convent was founded in Kirchherten, Germany. In 1902 it moved to Brabant. The stone placed at the time of construction and bearing the date 1902-1903 is written in German because of that origin. The inhabitants of Aarle-Rixtel got to know the sisters especially through their work in the area. They worked as district nurses, cared for the elderly and gave music lessons.
  • Mariënhage Monastery
    Of the medieval buildings, except for some elements and foundations, almost nothing remained. A statue of Jesus was placed on the newly built church tower. At sixty metres, the Sacred Heart statue stands with its arms wide. The pose in combination with the height earned the sculpture the nickname Jesus the Reckless. The Augustinians played a major role in education. The new monastery had a grammar school and attracted boys from all parts of the country. The last Augustinians left in 2017. The monastery was sold and given a new purpose. Old functions of the church have been given a new look. You can get married, stay overnight, organise a funeral or a conference. In 2020, the renovation won the public's prize in the Building of the Year competition organised by the Association of Dutch Architects.

End point:

Klooster Mariënhage
Kanaalstraat 6
5611 CT Eindhoven
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